KHS News

Friday, April 5, 2019

In this week's newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • Any parent interested in guiding your scholars future-please consider joining the Kestrel Charter School Board click here for the application:

  • Springfest April 12th, rain date April 26th

  • Report Cards go home on April 12th

  • Good Friday is April 19th-No School

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • Lunch Menu
  • Counselor Corner
  • Sports at KHS
  • Classroom News
  • Spring Performance Information
  • Community News

Upcoming Events:

  1. Teacher Appreciation Week May 6th-May 10th
  2. Book Fair, May 12-22, BOGO!!!
  3. May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm).

  4. May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.

  5. May 24th is a full day of school
  6. The 3rd grade end of year trip has been scheduled for Friday June 7th! More Details to come!

S.O.A.R. Celebration for Quarter 3

Congratulations to all scholars who had the opportunity to participate in today's PBIS celebration!

Honor Roll Information

Honor Roll Assembly: April 23rd at 9:00 - DAN THE ANIMAL MAN

This will be a K-8, student only, event where all K-8 Honor Roll recipients will attend an hour long assembly in the gym. Individual recognitions won't be given during the assembly. Certificates will be given during homeroom.

Springfest Information

Did you know that purchasing your SpringFest unlimited wristband in advance saves you $5 per wristband? Advance purchases MUST be paid by April 10 in order to receive the discounted rate of $10 per wristband. Wristbands are $15 at the door. No money for pre-sale wristbands will be collected after April 10. Pre-paid wristbands will be picked up at the check-in table at SpringFest. More information can be found at the sign-up link here: (link is case-sensitive).

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Club Sign Up

Sign your Child up for Girl Power Yoga Club!

Led By: Mrs. Lerner (1st grade teacher!)

What is Girl Power Yoga Club?

We will focus on how to lift each other up, be an important member in the community and love ourselves for who we really are. We'll practice basic and challenging yoga poses. We'll meditate, play group games, and do uplifting crafts. Our activities will emphasize the importance of supporting each other, learning and sharing about ourselves, and building each other up. We'll focus on positive self-image, self-love, and kindness towards ourselves and others. And of course, being strong inside and out. Girl power!

When is Girl Power Yoga happening?

Every Tuesday 3:00-3:45 PM between the weeks of April 9th - May 14th

How much does Girl Power Yoga Club cost?

The only cost is $7 for materials due the first day of yoga club. Aside from that, the club is FREE!

How many girls will be accepted into Girl Power Yoga Club?

There is space for 12 girls (1st-4th grade only please). Spaces will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How do I sign my child up for Girl Power Yoga Club?

Please email Mrs. Lerner directly at

What does my child need to bring to Girl Power Yoga?

A yoga mat and water bottle is all that is needed!

Lunch Menu

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Counselor Corner

Pioneer Scholars

Pioneer Scholars ensures that our elementary and middle school students are building academic skills, achieving in school, and laying the foundation for future college success.

Program Description

Pioneer Scholars serves students in first through eighth grades. First through sixth grade students participate in highly-structured tutoring each and every day of the academic school year to develop and accelerate their skills. The instruction is delivered by licensed and qualified teachers and well-supported volunteers in an environment that demands high performance and commitment. To encourage developmentally appropriate extracurricular involvement and leadership activities, seventh and eighth grade students participate in this intensive academic instruction three days per week.

Students continue to sharpen their skills during the summer through an academic bridge program and other activities, including theater and basketball camps. Additional growth opportunities, such as career exploration events, technology skills instruction, a math and science mentoring program, and a College and Career Club for middle school students provide our students with even broader skills and experiences. Parent empowerment sessions are also held for families so that they are well prepared to support their students.

Eligibility & Application Process

Rising first through eighth graders residing in Durham County who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program are eligible to apply. Students are often referred to the Center through nominations from school staff, community members, and various community agencies. Families are also welcome to ‘self-nominate’ their student(s).

Students with strong academic commitment (mostly A’s and B’s in school), robust family support, and demonstrated financial need are considered strong candidates. Additionally, students must demonstrate personal character, work-ethic, and integrity as evidenced by teacher recommendations, personal statements, and an interview process.

Applications are available at Center each spring for the following school year.

For more information visit:

Contact Mrs. Gordon to see if you meet qualifications

Sports at KHS

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Hawks baseball and track and field teams start the season off next week with a home game and a home meet! Details;

Congratulation to the Track and Field Team

...on their second place finish on Monday!

Zoey Hodge took 1st place in both Discus and Shot Put

Lillian Scott took 2nd in Discus

Kate McGarrah took 3rd in Discus and 4th in Shot put

Elise Talford 1st in the long jump

Zach came in 2nd in the 1600

In the girl 100m dash it was a clean sweep for Kestrel

Elise Talford 1st, Tory Green 2nd, and Lillian Scott 3rd.

On the boys side Raymond Allen came in second in the 100m dash.

In the girls 4x1 Kestrel took first and second place and in the boys 4x1 Kestrel came in 2nd place.

Classroom News


Kindergarten is excited to start Quarter 4! We have been building our reading fluency and learning about ending digraphs! This quarter we will be focusing on beginning blends and begin our Authors Study! This is a great opportunity to learn about different authors listen to their great stories. We will be completing a craft for each of the week throughout May.

1st Grade:

First grade is excited to hatch CHICKS in class! We are getting our eggs next week and will be incubating them next Wednesday. We are also publishing a class book through Studentreasures. Make sure you order your book before they arrive! Our books will be all about raising chicks.

2nd Grade:

We are so excited to be learning about Heroes and courage in 2nd grade. Scholars learned not all heroes wear capes-they sometimes wear glasses, write on whiteboards, read really fun stories, and are called teacher.

Ms. Filippone's class got their caterpillars this week and is so excited to watch them turn into butterflies!

3rd Grade:


Parents-please make sure that in order to receive email messages that are sent out, that you have not opted to have teacher messages sent only to a

cell phone. In order to update this, please log into your parent portal, go to Swift K12 and click parent email under teacher messages. ALL parents should do this and update your email addresses.

Unfortunately, due to heavy rains our Duke Gardens trip was cancelled. We are rescheduling in the near future.

Chapter 11 math test will be on Tuesday April 9th. Scholars should bring in their first math book to begin working on Chapter 2 math next week after this test

Please continue to check scholars planners for homework assignments

4th Grade


  • First Payments due March 22nd- Please visit the Kestrel website for online payments
  • Have a great spring break!

5th Grade:

Scholars were assigned a States project for the 4th quarter. The first deadline is April 18. Please be sure to help your child pace themselves so they are not stuck with last minute research! Please check the grade level website for more detailed information.

For more information and important dates, please see the grade level website.

Middle School Blurb

6th Grade

Please be sure to check our 6th grade website for class updates! Our EOY Field Trip Info will be coming soon!

7th Grade

No news is good news. Have a great weekend!


This upcoming week in 8th grade... On Monday, the final quarter begins. Make sure to talk with your scholar about the importance of finishing the school year strong in order to fly into high school on a high note and with great momentum! This Friday the 12th is Spring Fest, the 8th grade is accepting donations for our grade level PTSO special auction basket. The 8th grade team is building an Arts and Crafts basket. Please send in donations no later than Monday 4/8. As the year winds down all subjects will be concluding their subject content while also preparing students for testing by spiraling in test prep strategies, study skills, and time management skills. Please be aware of finals week in the first week of June. We have a tentative date for 8th grade promotion for June 7th. The date is subject to change.

From the Spanish Corner

Hola Familias!!

To my Spanish1 Parents: This quarter, we have been talking about adverbs of frequency, verbs conjugations, "Hay", subject pronouns, possessive adjectives, definite and indefinite article, parts of the house, parts of the sentence, build your own paragraph, and more. Please, make sure your child reviews and practice the vocabulary package. We are getting ready for "Bachillerato".

5th and 4th: Continue researching about the Spanish Speaking Countries.

Please, email me with any questions:


Mrs. Foushee

AIG News

This week in AIG....

This week in AIG classes 5th grades students are working on the "Stay Away from the Edge" challenge. The goal is to program their robot to sense an edge of a table, stop, and turn around to go another direction. The concept simulates the need for NASA's Mars rovers to be able to navigate around a cliff or edge of terrain safely.


Lower elementary students have been playing "Pick up Your Yard" an activity that develops accuracy and different types of throws; over hand, under hand, over head and rolling.

Grades 3-5 have been working on evading, fleeing, dodging, lateral movement and fine motor skills by playing "Planet Invasion", a very fun invasion game that involves the use of flag belts.

Middle School students have been playing "Matball" - a kickball variation that allows for more involvement from all participants.

Doctor’s Notes

If your scholar needs to be excused from physical activities, please provide a doctor’s note.

Gym Shoes

Your scholar will need gym shoes (sneakers, tennis shoes) to participate in activities. They must have a flat bottom (no heel) and the foot must be fully covered. Sandals, Crocs, clogs, dress shoes, boots and any heeled shoes are not appropriate for class.

Art News

As often as I can, I will highlight a student who has gone above and beyond in their work and/or their behavior. I'll call it, "Tell Me Something Good".

Tell Me Something Good...

In my sixth grade class, EVERY SINGLE student has turned in their first project on time. Way to go and keep it up!

Ms. Mohn,


Hello Dance Families!

May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm). This is a required performance for all scholars.

May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.

**More specific details to come, as we get closer to the performances**

Lastly, the Dance Department is in need of a few classroom supplies: Facial tissues, disinfectant wipes and paper towels.

Thank you for your support of the Arts Program at Kestrel!!!!


To all Recorder and Choir club parents and Scholars

Recorder and Choir have now started up for the spring summers

Choir is on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15pm to 4:00pm and recorder club is Wednesday afternoons 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Mr. McKeiver

Community News

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Kramden Tech Scholars

Do you know, a scholar in grades 3-12 who needs a home computer? Kramden Tech Scholars is a core program to assist scholars in grades 3-12 without a working home computer. To date, Kramden has served scholars in more than 70 North Carolina counties and has relied on principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and school social workers to identify and nominate deserving scholars. Once they qualify the scholar, he/she will become a Kramden Tech Scholar, and receive a computer along with ongoing technical support from the Kramden team. If you are interested in nominating a scholar check out their website (listed below). They also have materials available in spanish if needed.

Come Join Us

Choosing the right school is an important decision. We strive to provide a welcoming and diverse community where your children can thrive. Our lottery-based enrollment process ensures an equal opportunity for all prospective students. We are now accepting applications for our 19-20 school year!